Scrum to the Left of Me, Kanban to the Right, Here I am Stuck in the Middle with You

schedule Nov 5th 01:00 - 02:00 PM place 205 ABC people 36 Interested

There seems to be some confusion (not to mention strong opinions!) about when to use Scrum vs. when to use Kanban. At times purists on either side have drawn the lines and set up camp in an almost warlike approach, making it difficult to wade across the middle battlefield of information without stepping on metaphorical land mines or getting peppered with judgemental opinions, rhetorical quips or social media blasts.

In this session I will compare and contrast Scrum and Kanban, share perspectives, dispel myths, and provide an attendee with some balanced, useful, practical, and actionable guidance on what options may exist. The goal of this session is to create a neutral zone of transparency under the Agile umbrella where rational thinking may preside, where we can all get along like good little collaborative Agilists, and where we can identify meaningful actions to help move our teams and organizations ahead on their respective paths to Agility.

In summary, show it is possible for “Scrum AND Kanban” to coexist.

Background Information: I will be pulling from my experience teaching and coaching Scrum and Kanban over the last 10+ years to over 3000 people on over 250 teams in dozens of organizations, and I will be polling the attendees for their issues and validations.

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Talk

This presentation/discussion will use the following approach:

  1. Problem Statements - Dependencies, Overburdening and Unpredictability
  2. A Quick Compare and Contrast of Scrum and Kanban
  3. How Scrum and Kanban Can Coexist (examples, diagrams, pictures)
  4. Next Steps

NOTE: At the end of the workshop I will provide a link to downloadable electronic copies of the presentation.

Learning Outcome

A brief and balanced overview of Scrum and Kanban, including the deltas and overlaps that happen at a team and at an organizational level.

An attendee will learn:

  • Where Scrum works and struggles.
  • Where Kanban works and struggles.
  • How Scrum and Kanban can work together.
  • How teams can use this information.
  • How organizations can use this information.
  • What options exist.
  • Where to go for more information and learning.

Target Audience

Teams that are struggling to deliver, to collaborate with other teams, that have dependencies, that don't have visibility where work comes from or goes to, and/or that suffer from overburdening.

Prerequisites for Attendees

Just be curious. For background research, here are a few good fundamental resources to prepare you. None are mandatory, and all would be helpful!

  • Read (or re-read) the Scrum Guide (www.scrumguides.org)
  • Read (or re-read) "Essential Kanban Condensed" (https://leankanban.com/guide/)
  • Be on or have been on an Agile Team, especially Scrum and/or a Kanban team.
  • Experienced the pain of working with other team(s) to get stuff done!
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